Life is unaffordable for too many in Toronto. City Council has an important decision to make as it debates its 2017 budget. We can’t afford to cut services and raise user fees in the City’s budget when one in four children live in poverty and people struggle to find good jobs.
We can do better.
Toronto’s municipal workers know that great public services help people build better lives. Tell your Councillor that we need to maintain city services we can all depend on, while making real investments in transit, good jobs, and affordable housing.
Services we can depend on
Our public services aren’t keeping pace with the growth our city or the needs of our communities. Our frontline workers are stuck trying to do more with less. We need to bolster vital city services like our parks and recreation, public libraries, and childcare so that everyone can depend on them.
The City is one of our largest employers and a billion-dollar buyer of local goods and services. The City of Toronto can be a leader in providing good stable jobs to it’s own workers and encouraging other employers to do the same.
Many of us rely on the TTC to make our way through our lives. It’s time Toronto put a priority on building and maintaining a transit system while ensuring we can all afford to ride.
We need to build affordable housing so people aren’t pushed out of their communities by skyrocketing prices. and re-invest in our social housing so that thousands aren’t sitting on waitlists.
A better Toronto doesn’t come for free.
We need real leadership to raise new revenues in a balanced way, based on ability to pay.
That means no longer cutting front-line staff and hiking user fees to make ends meet. It means those who can afford to will pay little bit more.
Tell your Councillor that it’s worth it to get city services we can all depend on and real investments in transit, good jobs, and affordable housing.